How to plan your first time at the gym

woman on gymnastic ball

This is your first time at the gym. There are so many questions running through your mind. What do people wear? Is there some special gear or equipment you need to purchase? Which is the best workout for first timers?

The gym can be quite intimidating if it’s your first time. But one thing I have to tell you is not to let all that equipment intimidate you.   Do not also let the people who are all pumped up to do the same for you. Everyone started where you are now. And I am pretty sure they felt the same way until they got the hang of it.

So how do you go about being a comfortable first timer?

Tips for your first time at the gym

1. Dress for the occasion

man carrying gym bagThose tattered tees you sleep in are a no-no. Find appropriate gym clothing. You can find several recommendations for gym clothing online. But the key is to wear comfortable shoes and clothes that are highly absorbent. Carry things like a  towel for the sweat, water among other things.

2. Familiarize yourself with the equipment.

DOn’t go there ready to do some workout. Get the gym instructor to take you through what equipment works what part of the body and how to use them. That way, when you start off, you will reduce the number of embarrassing moments. Plus, it will give you more confidence.

3. Identify the ones you will often use

woman with gym instructor

Ask your gym instructor to take you through your workout plan. That way he can recommend the types of equipment you will often use. At the same time, he can tell you how many reps you require for each exercise.

The key here is to make the first time at the gym be all about getting you ready for your real workout moving forward.